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#1 posted 10-11-2012 02:16 AM

What width are the mortises you cut? Are they 1/2” of 1/4”? If you have already cut 1/2” I would chuck the rail. Re-gluing cheeks sounds like asking for trouble and a 1/2” mortise in the end of 3/4’ rail would leave only 1/8” walls. I agree with horizontal you can get away with the 1/4” especially if its a 4” rail. Almost all the strength is in the glued surfaces anyway and a 4” provided a lot of glue ares plus a more rigid rail. How are you set up for mortising the end of a rail? There a lot of jig designs out there to facilitate this.

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